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The last chance to rein in the administrative state

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The administrative agencies of the federal government — often called the administrative state — are gradually taking over Congress’ legislative role, adding thousands of rules and regulations each year, many of which go beyond the authority granted by Congress. In “Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein in the Administrative State” (Encounter Books, 2018), Peter J. Wallison explores whether rules that are binding on the American people will be made in the future by Congress or by unelected officials in these federal agencies. Mr. Wallison argues that — since the 1930s — the judiciary has failed to discharge its constitutional responsibility to preserve the separation of powers. This has allowed the explosive growth of the agencies of executive branch and a corresponding decline in the role of Congress.

During this event, Mr. Wallison will be interviewed by Adam White on the book’s important points, followed by a discussion and book-signing reception where copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Join the conversation on social media by following @AEI and @AEIecon on Twitter and Facebook.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


Agenda

4:45 PM
Registration

5:00 PM
Introduction:
Alex J. Pollock, R Street Institute

5:05 PM
Discussion
Peter J. Wallison, AEI
Adam White, C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State

5:45 PM
Q&A

6:00 PM
Reception



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